Eagles host Bullard in CIF first round

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles volleyball team concluded their first season in the Mountain League by winning nine straight games to storm back and earn a tie for second place with San Luis Obispo, winning on the tiebreaker.

The Eagles are 13-5 this season and have risen all the way to the No. 4 ranked team in the Central Section Division 2, meaning that if they keep winning they will be playing at home for the first few rounds, which is exactly what coach Cameron Schaeffer was hoping for just a few weeks ago when he said, “Especially with the format where the higher seed gets home that can be great. Being able to go two, maybe three rounds with home games. We would love that because travel, especially in the playoffs, can be hard on a team and it gives us more time to prepare and more time to rest up right before.”

Templeton will host Bullard on Thursday night, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. and are 7-1 at home this season with their lone loss coming early in the season against Arroyo Grande.

Fresno-Bullard enters the game as the No. 13 team in Division 2 with an 18-16 record on the season. The Knights play in the County Metro League, a league containing Division 1 teams, and finished in last place with a 4-6 record. Bullard is 2-3 in their last five games and 4-6 in their last 10.

After a slow start this season, the Templeton Eagles finished where everyone thought they would, right near the top of the league. The girls steamrolled through their last couple of games, and enter the playoffs full of confidence.

Lauren Reeves, Jena Kelly and Cheyenne Rice are a formidable three-headed attack that no one has been able to stop in the second half of the season. Reeves, the reigning MVP of the now-defunct Los Padres League, racked up 159 kills with a 47.7 percent kill rate, and added 32 aces and 36 blocks this season. Just behind her is Kelly who recorded 155 kills with a 46.3 percent kill rate, 35 aces and 114 digs. Rice, who has missed some time due to injuries this year, completes the trio, finishing her regular season with 102 kills, a 43.8 percent kill rate and 108 digs.

Perhaps the most important player to the success of the team is senior setter Camryn Roth who does a little bit of everything for Templeton.  Roth is constantly on the move setting up her teammates with a variety of different sets, which she has done 449 times this season. She also leads the team in blocks with 39 and added 103 digs.

Templeton will lean on their senior leadership for the playoffs. The Eagles have nine seniors on the varsity team and only one underclassman. Bullard and Templeton have played only two common opponents this year — Clovis West and Righetti. The Knights were 0-2 against the common opponents while Templeton was 2-2, playing Righetti three times.

If Templeton wins Thursday night it could set up a fun Central Coast playoff matchup on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The San Luis Obispo Tigers are the No. 5 ranked team in the Division and are hosting the No. 12 ranked Tulare Union. If both Central Coast teams win they will play each other in the second round at Templeton.


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